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Old June 12, 2002, 09:53 PM   #1
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Did Congressman Charlie Norwood Support Your Gun Rights?

Those persons elected to Congress must be held accountable for their actions while in office. Yet, it is imperative that individuals know how their rights are treated by those elected to represent them. This becomes particularly important when decisions must be made whether or not to continue to support a Member of Congress with your vote and influence.

Actions truly speak louder than words. Below you will find Congressman Charlie Norwood’s voting record on the Second Amendment “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Some Norwood votes on 2nd Amendment Issues

Anti-gun terror bill -- final passage:

On April 18, 1996 Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA), along with anti-gun Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) voted to support (S. 735) that will: order an “anti-hunter” rifle and ammo study; authorize $40,000,000 (Forty million tax dollars) pay increase for the BATF –through the Treasury Dept.-- could punish gun dealers and individuals for selling ammunition to someone they “should have known” would commit a violent crime; federalize many state laws (violates 10th Amendment to Constitution), tremendously increasing the scope and jurisdiction of the BATF; restrict the right of habeas corpus in a way that would severely damage the ability of the courts to protect gun owners who are unjustly incarcerated; allow the government to use of “secret evidence” against “certain individuals,” remove protections against wiretapping wireless data; and require banks to seize the assets of domestic groups in “certain situations.”

Lautenberg “Domestic Confiscation Gun Ban” and Kohl “Gun Free School Zones Ban” passage:

On September 28, 1996 Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA) along with anti-gun Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and anti-gun Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) voted to pass Bill Clinton’s omnibus spending budget bill (H. R. 3610) containing the Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation Gun Ban that disarms gun owners for minor ‘misdemeanor’ offenses in the home, even offenses as slight as spanking a child or grabbing a spouse. This is a lifetime ban that can be imposed without a trial by jury.
Kohl Amendment Gun Free School Zones Ban: Creates a virtual one-half mile wide “gun free” circle around every American School (or a 1,000 foot zone going in any direction from any school property). A zone that even includes home schools. It would “prohibit most persons from carrying unloaded firearms in their automobiles” according to Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) who tried to warn his colleagues of the dangers of this bill (H. R. 3610).

Allowing Federal Law Enforcement to Conduct Warrantless Searches and Seizures, passage:

On February 8, 1995, Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA) voted to pass H.R. 666, which allows officers to conduct warrantless searches and seizures in violation of the Fourth Amendment, if they act in "good faith". The bill also limits the protections afforded by the "exclusionary rule" -- a procedural rule which excludes illegally obtained evidence from trial. H.R. 666 thus encourages the harassment of law-abiding citizens -- including gun owners -- by removing the incentives for officers to secure a warrant. Even with the Volkmer amendment, which excludes the BATF from receiving expanded search and seizure powers, gun owners can still be at risk from other agencies.

Protecting the rights of citizens against government abuse:

On March 14, 1996, Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA) along with anti-gun Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), voted against the “Chenoweth Amendment,” which would have stricken the provisions in the “anti-terror” bill that limited the right of “habeas corpus”— namely the ability of prisoners to challenge government abuse. Rep. Chenoweth (R-ID) argued that without her amendment, the habeas corpus restrictions in the bill would limit appeals “where citizens were wrongfully prosecuted for exercising their right to keep and bear arms.” Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) said this section – in restricting peoples’ right to bring habeas corpus appeals – would prevent appeals that have been brought by gun owners, pro-life protestors … and which span the whole gamut of our Constitution.”

On March 14, 1996, Congressman Charlie Norwood (R-GA) voted for the DeLauro amendment that would have severely punished gun owners for possessing a laser sight while committing a minor infraction, such as speeding, on a federal reservation.

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Old June 12, 2002, 09:55 PM   #2
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NOTE: This campaign flier was used by the Norwood campaign against Don Johnson in 1994.
On September 28, 1996 Congressman Charlie Norwood voted for the
biggest “Gun Grab” in history, the Lautenberg & Kohl Amendments. ( see enclosed)

Norwood U. S. CONGRESS

Stop the Gun Grab!

President Clinton and his liberal allies in the house are waging an all out assault on gun owners rights.

While they are working to disarm the general public, the Congress is
weakening crime laws and worst of all weakening the death penalty.

Don Johnson voted for racial quotas for death penalty cases, which many
legal scholars say will eliminate the death penalty in almost all cases.

As your Congressman, I will never vote for gun control legislation. I will fight to repeal the intrusive, expensive Brady Bill.

I will fight to put real criminals behind bars, not make criminals out of gun owning citizens.

Charlie Norwood

Please see the enclosed for a look at more Norwood votes against the Second Amendment.

This campaign flier was reproduced by Americans for the Second Amendment.
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